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The structure of biological science

Author: Alexander Rosenberg
Publisher: Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1985.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Rosenberg
ISBN: 052125566X 9780521255660 052127561X 9780521275613
OCLC Number: 10724195
Description: xi, 281 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Biology and Its Philosophy --
The Rise of Logical Positivism --
The Consequences for Philosophy --
Problems of Falsifiability --
Philosophy of Science Without Positivism --
Speculation and Science --
Autonomy and Provincialism --
Philosophical Agendas versus Biological Agendas --
Motives for Provincialism and Autonomy --
Biological Philosophies --
Tertium Datur? --
The Issues in Dispute --
Steps in the Argument --
Teleology and the Roots of Autonomy --
Functional Explanations in Molecular Biology --
The Search for Functions --
Functional Laws --
Directively Organized Systems --
The Autonomy of Teleological Laws --
The Metaphysics and Epistemology of Functional Explanation --
Functional Explanation Will Always Be with Us --
Reductionism and the Temptation of Provincialism --
Motives for Reductionism --
A Triumph of Reductionism --
Reductionism and Recombinant DNA --
Antireductionism and Molecular Genetics --
Mendel's Genes and Benzer's Cistrons --
Reduction Obstructed --
Qualifying Reductionism --
The Supervenience of Mendelian Genetics --
Levels of Organization --
The Structure of Evolutionary Theory --
Is There an Evolutionary Theory? --
The Charge of Tautology --
Population Genetics and Evolution --
Williams's Axiomatization of Evolutionary Theory --
Adequacy of the Axiomatization --
Fitness --
Fitness Is Measured by Its Effects --
Fitness As a Statistical Propensity --
The Supervenience of Fitness --
The Evidence for Evolution --
The Scientific Context of Evolutionary Theory --
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Responsibility: Alexander Rosenberg.
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